• Food Carts at Graduate Minneapolis Keep Guests on their Toes

    FROM THE Summer 2018 ISSUE

    Mobile Meeting Munchies

There’s always lots of buzz with the opening of a new hotel, but as the dust settles, exciting details retain their prominence. At the new Graduate Hotel in the heart of the University of Minnesota’s campus, which opened in December 2017, roving food carts have become the talk of the town. 

At the start of the year, carts were roaming the lobby of the hotel serving luscious winter foods like raclette and a build-your-own hot chocolate bar. The menu changes seasonally under the guidance of chef Richard Ruskell. In warmer weather, items like shaved ice and paletas keep guests cool. These mobile stations are the perfect touch for private events, adding flair to any room.

It’s unique elements like these that set Graduate Minneapolis apart. “With over 20,000 square feet of combined meeting and event space, Graduate Minneapolis is the perfect location to host your next event, from breakouts to breakfast, boardroom business and ballroom sized soirees,” says Andy Aldrich, general manager. “Graduate Minneapolis can accommodate groups of any size for every occasion.” 

Minnesota offers vibrant autumn color and provides a kaleidoscopic backdrop for your event.

New England often gets the most credit for its spectacular fall color, but many rank Minnesota in the top tier for seasonal beauty, making fall an ideal time for meetings anywhere in the state. From the North Shore of Lake Superior to the Twin Cities and Rochester, there are a variety of venues with ideal seasonal settings that can cater to groups of all sizes. 



Experience Rochester MN appointed Angie Richards to the position of vice president of sales. She previously held the position of area director of sales for Avra Hospitality in Rochester, Minn. 

Richards will lead Experience Rochester MN’s sales team, which is responsible for the booking of meetings, conventions, and other events at Mayo Civic Center as well as group sales for the entire city.


Radisson Blu Mall of America promoted Kate Anastasi to director of sales and marketing. Anastasi has been with the Radisson Blu Mall of America team for eight years and has held many support and leadership roles within the sales team. She had most recently served as the assistant director of sales and marketing. Anastasi won the 2021 Radisson Blu Manager of the Year award.